Joe Flacco is not and never will be Peyton Manning, a superstar quarterback whose personality and charisma matches his impressive talent.
Now that Flacco has finally made it onto the country's largest sporting stage -- the Super Bowl -- every aspect of his being has come under examination. While there's lot to argue about when discussing his talent as a quarterback, there is unfortunately little to look at when it comes to Flacco's personality. In contrast to other quarterbacks who have started in the Super Bowl in recent years -- Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers -- Flacco seems to lack a certain pizzazz.
For lack of a better word, Flacco is boring.
And that's not just the media's characterization of Flacco. One of the people who knows Flacco best, his father Steve, said there's not much more than meets the eye.
"Joe is dull," Steve Flacco told the New York Times. "As dull as he is portrayed in the media, he’s that dull. He is dull."
The one notable instance in which Flacco showed some flair was on his wedding day, June 25, 2011. In a series of photographs which instantly went viral, Flacco is shown in several amusing poses. One is at a theater, where Flacco is pretending to scream during a movie. Another is at Flacco's high school football field, where Flacco is under center while his wife and his groomsmen are on the offensive line.
"I guarantee none of it was Joe's idea," Steve Flacco told the Times of his son's photoshoot.
As it turns out, those photos aren't the only instance that Flacco has made headlines for something other than his play. Last year he sported an impressive Fu Manchu mustache, and he tried to get everyone on the Ravens' offense to join him. Sadly, he was unsuccessful.